Quality heating is necessary for homes, especially during the fall. You need to make sure that your HVAC system is ready and functional by cleaning the air vents and even considering an upgrade. If you live in Rolesville, NC, here are some things you can do to prepare your HVAC system for the change of seasons.
Replace Your Air Filter
Your air filter is responsible for collecting dust, debris and biological contaminants to keep the air clean in your home. It’s crucial to clean and unclog the air filter once fall kicks in by replacing the old one every 30 to 90 days. A clean air filter keeps your HVAC using energy effectively and keeps your family safe from the effects of biological contaminants.
Check Your Air Ducts and Windows for Leaks
Air leaks cause your HVAC system to overwork and lose energy. Check your ductwork for any leakage and seal any potential openings with aluminum tape.
Check your doors and windows to ensure that heat does not move to the outside and cold air doesn’t enter your home. Seal off any leaks using caulk and schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC system.
Check for Potential Hazards
If your HVAC system is producing unfamiliar sounds, odors or a short circuit, it’s time to call a professional for help. Check the outdoor unit’s stability because a wobbly unit on uneven ground is dangerous.
Clear the Outdoor Components
Clean out any debris in and around the outdoor unit to avoid improper airflow. Check the vents and fans for hidden dirt.
Prune any branches hanging over your outdoor unit to avoid potential damage during storms. If you notice damage from the elements, schedule maintenance with an HVAC technician.
Check Thermostat Settings and Smoke Alarms
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they are working correctly, and replace their batteries in advance. Update your thermostat setting to fall in line with your family’s fall routine. Turn on the heat, check that it distributes evenly and note the time it takes to warm your house to a comfortable temperature.
Preparing your HVAC system is important to avoid inconveniences and malfunctions when it’s in use. Contact Mitchell Heating & Cooling for high-quality maintenance, repairs and installation, among other professional HVAC services.
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